Cloud computing pricing and economics

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  • Production workloads go boldly to the cloud

    Some enterprises are charging ahead with a cloud-first approach to their workloads -- not just test and dev, but production workloads as well. That strategy has worked well for several IT departments with varying needs, as featured in this April issu... 

  • The cloud: Too much (or too little) of a good thing?

    One of the major benefits of cloud services is efficiency. Without proper cloud capacity management, however, companies can miss out on that benefit. This handbook includes best practices on how to avoid provisioning too many or too few resources; it... 

  • In cloud planning, make room for storage

    This handbook explores cloud-based storage in terms of cost, manageability, scalability, flexibility, latency/availability and more. It also looks at cloud-based backup and disaster recovery options in the cloud. 

  • Is it time to migrate to the cloud?

    Cloud computing offers substantial benefits for some companies in terms of scalability, flexibility and cost savings through shared, multitenant infrastructure. But for some companies with lots of sensitive data subject to regulation, entrenched dat... 

  • Migrating applications to the cloud

    Putting the cloud to work can mean migrating existing applications into the cloud, a process that requires careful planning and evaluation. This handbook considers best practices for the migration of applications to be sure that an organization can t... 

  • The promise and perils of open source clouds

    As cloud computing has developed, open source software has become a cornerstone of the model, which emphasizes homogeneity among infrastructure resources.

    But just as open source has its share of advantages for cloud projects, it also ha... 

  • Pay-per-use in the cloud: Cutting cloud infrastructure costs with IaaS

    Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) —or the ability to rent servers and storage by the hour in a pay-as-you-go way—is not only real but also saving companies millions of dollars and fundamentally changing the way IT organizations operate and support t... 

  • hybrid cloud

    A hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment in which an organization provides and manages some resources in-house and has others provided externally. 

  • utility storage

    Utility storage is a service model in which a provider makes storage capacity available to an individual, an organization or a business unit on a pay-per-use basis. The utility model is sometimes called metered services or storage on demand. 

  • hybrid IT

    Hybrid IT is an approach to enterprise computing in which an organization provides and manages some information technology (IT) resources in-house but uses cloud-based services for others. 

About Cloud computing pricing and economics

As CIOs and managers review their IT budgets and strive to cut costs, a cloud computing architecture can be attractive given zero up-front capital costs for hardware and software and multi-tenant, pooled-resources for flexible scaling up or down. Cloud providers claim it also lowers IT staffing requirements. Get news and resources on the benefits and risks involved in cloud computing pricing and economics, including enacting cost-saving initiatives, a possible loss of control of your infrastructure and a lack of in-house IT expertise when you need it. This topic also covers the economics of cloud computing and EC2 pricing.